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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:10 AM

Unattributed story sent by a lawyer friend in TX. I so want it to be true

This is what the header said in my inbox just now, and I fell all over myself reading it. My friend who sent it is a state wide involved Democrat with good sources across the country. I suspect we at DU would all get a kick out of it, probably believe it, and hope along with the sender that this really happened.
This is not from "The Onion"


Former U.S. president George W. Bush accidentally voted for Barack Obama today at a polling place near his Crawford, TX home.

According to local reports, the two-term Republican was confused by the instructions on his electronic voting machine and mistakenly cast a ballot he intended to discard.

Witnesses say Bush argued with poll workers for several minutes afterwards in a effort to redo his vote, but in accordance with state law they ultimately denied his request.

The embarrassing incident may have gone unnoticed if it weren't for a local newspaper reporter who happened to be voting in the next booth. Suzanna Everett, a politics correspondent for the Waco Times witnessed the entire ordeal and crafted a cunning scheme to make it public.

Left On Red

Barred by ethics rules from using knowledge gained within a polling station, Everett waited for Bush to leave the facility and ambushed him with a trick question designed to fool him into revealing the news himself:

"Mr. President Fox News is reporting that you've accidentally voted for Barack Obama. Would you care to comment?"

Thinking that his mistake had already been found out, Bush sought to minimize the damage:

"Yes unfortunately because of the incompetence of the folks who designed the ballot, my vote counted for the other guy," Bush responded. He then attempted to explain exactly how the mishap occurred:

"First of all, everything was very mismaladjusted on the screen. You shouldn't put the senators and the congress people and the presidents all jumbled together like that. It's too crowded. Just confuses folks."

Bush then explained that after marking the wrong candidate, he sought to correct his error by clicking the red "Cast Ballot" button, thinking that it was designed to 'cast away' the ballot and bring up a fresh one:

"Usually red means stop and green means go. I thought I was stopping"

A New Legacy

Bush is no stranger to election day controversy, having been pushed into office himself by the Florida fiasco of 2000. In that election hundreds of votes intended for Democratic rival Al Gore went to protest candidate Pat Buchanan instead due to poor ballot design.

In an official statement released shortly after the event, former President Bush said his experiences today have inspired him to make electoral reform the signature cause of his post-presidency:

"Laura and I will be dedicating the next few years to fixing our electoral system. Every American deserves a clear, simple ballot when they go to the polling place."

However, the system Bush used has been deployed successfully around the country with little incident. A spokesperson for the company that manufactures the machines says they stand by their product:

"Until today we have never had a single instance of someone confusing the "cast ballot" button for a "cast away ballot" button. This is a problem unique to Mr. Bush, and we have no plans to change our machines."

edited to add:
Maybe this is a joke after all. Just because of the principal involved, to me one of the most inept men on the planet, I tend to believe it happened. Maybe time will tell. At least I did say it was unattributed.



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Reply Unattributed story sent by a lawyer friend in TX. I so want it to be true (Original post)
Mira Nov 2012 OP
Ninga Nov 2012 #1
djean111 Nov 2012 #2
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #3
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #4
meadowlark5 Nov 2012 #5
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #6
Mira Nov 2012 #7
DonViejo Nov 2012 #8
no_hypocrisy Nov 2012 #9

Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:13 AM

1. Not true sez Snopes.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:16 AM

2. Snopes says false.

The Daily Currant made it up.
Hilariously (and tellingly) it doesn't really strike anyone as ridiculous.
And The Onion is getting more and more plausible, too.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:16 AM

3. Sounds Onion towards the end

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:17 AM

4. GWB definitely needs a "clear, simple ballot"

designed for his first-grade reading level.

Maybe a voting coloring book. "My Pet Vote"

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:17 AM

5. That is too funny!!

"Cast away ballot"

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:19 AM

6. Is there really a "cast away ballot" button

would be my first question. That is purposely misleading...it should be "discard" or "throw away" or "void ballot"

Then I would ask...exactly what do you mean mismaladjusted...as mis is negative and mal is negative do we now have a positive?

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:19 AM

7. OK - I should have snoped it -

but there is where I thought the source was probably very good.
Still funny, though.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:20 AM

8. I saw numerous OP's on election day alleging this story....

and did a quick DU search, "George Bush Voted for Obama". The story originated at the Daily Currant, a satire site someone described as "the poor man's Onion"

http://dailycurrant.com/2012/11/06/george-bush-accidently-votes-obama/

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:52 PM

9. I honestly don't believe that * even cared enough to vote.

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